Graham fine with missing out on captaincy

James Graham says he was not worried at all about being overlooked as England captain and says he can’t wait to play alongside new skipper Sam Burgess.

Burgess got the nod for the role in the Four Nations with Sean O’Loughlin injured.

Graham, who captained England on Saturday against France in Burgess’ absence, told Love Rugby League he is “100%” behind the South Sydney forward.

“Not at all, I was completed not worried about it,” he said.

“Obviously I was gutted that Sean O’Loughlin couldn’t be part of the team. But I’m 100% behind Sam.

“He inspires people with what he does, with his actions and I can’t wait to play alongside him again.

“We’ve been roomates this first week and everything’s great.

“We’re really good mates. He’s been one of the best forwards in rugby league since how long he’s been playing the game really.

“I think he’s back where he belongs and it’s great for rugby league that we’ve got him back.”

Graham was the victim of a spear tackle on Saturday and was forced from the field.

But the Bulldogs prop is confident he will be fit to play against New Zealand this weekend at Huddersfield.

“I’m alright,” he said.

“I think I have to do a head test, a concussion test, this week but I’m feeling alright. I should be fine.”

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